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anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr faɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), anthropomorphized, anthropomorphizing.
1.
to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).
Also, especially British, anthropomorphise.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; anthropomorph(ous) + -ize
Related forms
anthropomorphization, noun
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Examples from the web for anthropomorphize
  • Of course it's always tempting to anthropomorphize animals.
  • Humans often anthropomorphize the objects they use, especially when they become fond of their interaction with those objects.
  • We anthropomorphize our machinery, especially our cars, and as kids our bicycles.
  • People tend to anthropomorphize everything around them.
  • At the same time, the actors said they took care not to anthropomorphize the apes.
  • My guess is because they anthropomorphize the supposed deities.
  • Part of her phenomena is a tendency to anthropomorphize things and give them feelings.
  • Human qualities extend to the land, which artists anthropomorphize.
  • People anthropomorphize inanimate objects, naming cars and nursing viral computers.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphize

anthropomorphize

/ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfaɪz/
verb
1.
to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphize
v.

1834; see anthropomorphic + -ize. Related: Anthropomorphized; anthopomorphizing.

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